November 8, 2007

ECO Canada to develop national certification for greenhouse gas professionals

Calgary, Alberta – ECO Canada (Environmental Careers Organization) is launching a project that will establish a national certification system for greenhouse gas professionals in Canada. A partnership between ECO Canada, the Standards Council of Canada, and the federal government, this project will also document and define national occupational standards within the greenhouse gas field.

“Canada is responsible for ensuring that it has qualified people evaluating greenhouse gas emissions,” said Grant Trump, ECO Canada President. “By developing a competency-based national certification system for greenhouse gas professionals that is recognized both nationally and internationally, we are taking the first major step towards making sure that happens.”

Set to launch in the spring of 2008, the system will ensure that greenhouse gas professionals possess the skills and knowledge necessary for them to be consistent and accurate in their work. The certification will consist of a variety of components, including minimum education, work experience, and specific project completion requirements, along with a code of ethics and a demonstration of ongoing maintenance of skills and knowledge once the member is certified.

“Certifying professionals in this field will have a very positive impact on Canada’s role in documenting greenhouse gas emissions,” Trump said. “It will allow Canada to create emission inventories that are realistic, accurate and defensible.”

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